The Spanish adventurer, Ramón Larramendi, accompanied by Juanma Viu and Ignacio Oficialdegui, will be attempting to make the 2nd longest crossing of Antarctica (after the trek made by Jean-Louis Etienne in 1989-90), leaving from the start of the polar plateau and arriving, 5000 km later, at the French base of Dumont d'Urville via two of the less well known poles: the Pole of Inaccessibility (i.e. furthest from the coast) and the Magnetic South Pole. All without any outside aid.
To achieve his goal, Larramendi has invented a new concept: a sledge 5 metres long by 3 metres wide, with his tent attached to the sledge at all times.
The sledge itself (600 kg) will be pulled by a giant traction sail. The team hopes to average 85 km a day and complete the trip in around sixty days.
Scheduled departure: beginning of November 2005